in the vicinityVideoIs the media the dismissal of the trump campaign’s spying scandal?
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President Trump issued a stern warning Friday to those who are spied on, allegedly, “” on his 2016 campaign, calling their actions “a betrayal”, and said: “for a long time in prison,” punishment is in order.
“My campaign for President finally spied. Nothing like this ever happened in American politics. A really bad situation. BETRAYAL means long prison sentences, and that was treason!” Trump tweeted.
Trump’s claim that the campaign was “conclusive” following spying on attorney General Bill Barr’s statement that “espionage occur” against the Trump campaign in 2016.
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The attorney General conducts a formal review of the implementation of the investigation. Earlier this week it was announced that Barr had appointed John Durham, the assistant U.S. attorney from Connecticut, to study — to cover “all message service activities” in connection with the trump campaign during the 2016 presidential elections, and the failure in the early stages of FBI-original-Russia-tube.
According to sources familiar with the investigation, Durham has worked on his criticism of the Russia-investigation “for weeks.” It is expected that the focus on the period prior to Nov. 7, 2016, including the use of FBI informants, as well as allegedly improper issuance of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants. Durham was asked to help Barr “ensure that the intelligence activities of the U.S. government in connection with the trump 2016 presidential campaign is lawful and appropriate.”
A source told Fox News that Barr is working “together” on Durham ‘ s investigation, with FBI Director Chris Wray, Director of the CIA, Gina reel, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats. Durham is also working with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is currently investigating allegations of FISA abuse and the role of the FBI informants in the early stages of the Russia-investigation.
Barr first announced its assessment, in General, on Capitol Hill in the last month.
“I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and tried to put my arms around the aspects of the counter-espionage investigation, conducted in the summer of 2016,” Barr testified on 9. April.
The FBI’s July 2016, and counter-espionage investigation of former senior agent Peter Strzok. The FBI, at the time, headed by the former Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe—both of which fell during the Trump administration.
It was widely reported that in the weeks and months before the election in 2016, the FBI used informants or other investigators to make contact with Trump’s campaign officials. This theme is part of the Durham probe, as well as Horowitz’s, which is expected in the coming weeks.
The most recent example was revealed earlier this month when a New York Times report said that an investigator working for the U.S. intelligence community as the Cambridge University scientific staff in September 2016, and is trying to probe former trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos about the campaign possible, the relations with Russia.
The investigators who went by Azra Turk, met with Papadopoulos in a London bar, where they asked directly whether the trump campaign was the cooperation with Russia.
Papadopoulos told Fox News that he saw the Turks three times in London: once for drinks, another time, over dinner, and then once with Stefan Halper, professor, Cambridge, has a long-standing FBI informant. The times pointed out, that the Turk was apparently sent to monitor, Halper, and may need to cover Halper, in the case of the Turk, to testify.
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Papadopoulos told Fox News that the Turk had tried to “seduce” him in an effort to “make me slip and say something that she knew I had the info not to.”
In the meantime, Wray shared with Barr on the characterization of the FBI’s actions as “spying.”
“That’s not the term I would use,” Wray told lawmakers on the Senate appropriations Committee, the question of whether the FBI-involved agents, “spying”, if you follow the FBI guidelines and procedures.
“A lot of people have different colloquial expressions,” he continued. “I believe that the FBI is engaged in investigative activity, and a part of the investigative activity includes the monitoring of the activity in different shapes and sizes, and to me the important question is that of the book, which is consistent with our legal authorities.”